Minister of State with responsibility for Mental Health Kathleen Lynch has said the Government is very concerned about the high rate of suicide in Ireland.

Ten people take their own life every week in Ireland, which has the fourth highest suicide rate in Europe.

Revolutionary new theories on the understanding and treatment of suicide will be revealed at the Console World Suicide Prevention Day Conference, which is taking place at Croke Park today.

Experts from the United States, Australia and Ireland attended today's event.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Ms Lynch said anyone dying by suicide was a serious issue.

The new National Framework for Suicide Prevention was being worked on at the moment, she added.

Asked about the issue of under-reporting of suicide, Minister Lynch said she was not certain that suicide was under-reported, however, she said there were difficulties.

Ms Lynch said funding for suicide prevention had been doubled to €8m.

The new strategic framework had consulted with survivors as well as medical professionals, the minister added.

Ms Lynch said she would love to double the budget available for suicide prevention but she did not think that was possible right now.

"The Government is very, very concerned about the high rate of suicide," she said.

"I've always believed, and I know that my Cabinet colleagues believe, that anyone dying by suicide, which is considered to be a preventable death, is in fact a serious issue, and that is why the new strategic framework is being worked on as we speak."

Meanwhile, suicide prevention charity Console has called for inquests into death by suicide to be held in private, to reduce the trauma for families.

Its chief executive, Paul Kelly, said that Ireland should look at the system in Scotland and Northern Ireland, where a public inquest is not held if it is not deemed in the public interest.

He said that Ireland's legal requirement for a public inquest after a suicide death should be reviewed, to avoid intrusion for grieving families.

Mr Kelly said that public inquests can have a trial-like aspect, which harks back to the days before suicide was decriminalised in 1993.